August 27, 2008
joe positive, human eggbeater
It's been two and a half weeks since I last ran on land, and the motherfucker still hurts. There are good days and bad days, and good times on bad days and bad times on good days, but the damn thing is still sore. Sometimes it's the tendons of the two peroneal muscles; sometimes it's the extensor muscles in front of the peroneals; very rarely it's the little spot on the fibula that started the whole thing. But I am starting to wonder if I'll ever get any better, and this is downright depressing.
Yesterday I finally emailed the Akron people telling them I wouldn't be running. Not the end of the world for anyone, I know, but it's final now. Ugh. I still have to cancel the hotel stay and wrangle with hotwire over the airfare, but I'll save that for later this week.
And still I churn up the water in the pool, and spin around the neighborhood on the mountain bike every day, because I don't know what else to do. In the pool I do all speedwork, all the time, because, well, Pfitzinger recommends it, and because I can get away with that kind of effort since there's no pounding involved, and because it helps pass the time. And hey, maybe I'll end up with the most awesome cardiovascular system ever. But if I can't use it to run with my own two legs, on land, so what?
Anyway, here's a look at last week, for anyone who's interested:
M: AM 1:05 pool, incl 2x[7x[90s v hard, 30s v easy]], 22min hard,
wu/cd, call it 8mi. PM 1hr mtb, 14.6mi
T: AM 1hr mtb, 14.6mi. PM 1:08 pool, incl 8x[5h/1e], 10x[45h/15e], wu/cd, call it 8mi
W: AM 1:10 pool, incl 1hr steady (1min hard each 3-4min), wu/cd, call it 8mi. PM 1hr mtb, 15.2mi
R: AM 45min mtb, 10.8mi. long workday, no PM workout
F: AM 42min pool, incl ladder workout 1h/1e up to 5/1 and back, wu/cd, call it 5mi. PM 50min mtb, 12mi
Sa: 2:48 pool, incl 59min easy (1-3min hard every 5), 53min hard
(3-5min hard ea 5), 56min kinda hard (2-4min hard ea 5).
Su: 1:01 mtb, 15 miles
total: pool running 50mi, mtb 82.2mtb
This week will probably end up with 44mi in the pool and 105mi on the bike. Will it help? Someone, please tell me it will. And I promise to write about happier stuff tomorrow. 'Cos there is some, actually.
Posted by joe positive at August 27, 2008 6:07 PM
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That sucks. Really - no other words for it. You have trained beautifully for many many months to no avail. Take 3 months off, gain 10 lbs, eat, drink, be merry and hit the horse again in January. Of course you may lose your sanity by then.....
Yep, it sucks. I am truly sorry to hear this.
Posted by: Mindi at August 29, 2008 10:16 PM